I write this during NCETM’s Annual Conference in London. For me, it is primarily an ethnographic experience. Almost no-one present at the conference appears to be a teacher from the “chalkface”; what is noticeable, however, is representation of charities, private sector and quangos. A partial list of organisations having delegates here:
Becta, Tribal Group, Saltridge Educational Services Ltd, the Smallpiece Trust, National Association of Mathematics Advisors, Dance Exlosion, The Clothworkers’ Foundation, TwoFour, GHK Consulting, TTS Group Ltd, Personal Finance Education Group, National Strategies, Hitachi, Shell Centre.
Perhaps they position themselves for lucrative emerging market in CPD (Continuous Professional Development) of teachers of mathematics.